*Ethan Couch, 18, the Texas teen who killed four people at the age of 16 in a drunk-driving auto accident and “got off” with probation due to a defense that became known as ‘affluenza’ — was caught in Mexico, along with his mother Tonya, after she helped him flee his punishment in the United States.
The international manhunt for the pair ended when they were apprehended on Monday in a section of Puerto Vallarta known as “5 of December.”
Ethan had dyed his hair black, and sported facial hair.
Prosecutors had hoped that Couch, who ended up doing a short stint in rehab, would serve 20 years in jail. But the ‘affluenza defense’ that excused his actions as an inability to know right from wrong because of a spoiled and privileged upbringing that did not hold him accountable for bad behavior, net him only 10 years probation in addition to rehab.
Even that was apparently too much for his mother.
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